On Wednesday 30 September 2015, Chairman of the County Council Norman Hume officially opened the First Essex new bus depot in Colchester. As part of a £3.5m investment, First Essex has merged its present depots at Queen Street and Haven Road into a new purpose built facility at Quayside.
The former timber storage site was refurbished over a nine month period with the existing shed demolished and a new seven-bay workshop constructed alongside bus fuelling and washing facilities, bus parking zones and ancillary accommodation.
The site has a maximum capacity of 106 buses and also includes an VOSA compliant test bay and has office accommodation to provide driver and engineer rest and training areas alongside offices and allocations.
Alex Jones Managing Director for First Essex in Colchester said;’ Were committed to delivering the best services for our customers, and providing the best operating environment for our staff. Our new centre of operations will help us improve upon our strong punctuality and reliability performance and provide us with an excellent platform to develop our business further’
Councillor Norman Hume, Chairman of Essex County Council, said: “First Essex is one of our important commercial bus partners and I am delighted to be here to open this brand new bus depot. Essex County Council is investing heavily in transportation in Colchester – this new depot will contribute to our aim of improving the roads in Colchester and is another boost to the transport infrastructure in the borough.’